EU students also have access to UK postgraduate loans for courses beginning before the end of 2018-19.
Our guides explain how the different loans work, including information on payments, repayments, eligibility and application requirements.
You can also view a quick comparison of UK postgraduate loans at the bottom of this page.
England was the first country to introduce loans. They offer up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters degrees.Read more
Wales offers loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters degrees. This will increase to £13,000 in 2017-18.Read more
Scotland offers two loans for taught postgraduate courses, with up to £5,500 for tuition fees and £4,500 for living costs.Read more
Northern Ireland offers £5,500 tuition-fee loans for taught and research courses up to Masters level.Read more
Our guide explains how postgraduate repayments work across the UK, with a helpful FAQ and loan calculator.Read more
Each postgraduate loan uses a separate application system. Our guide and walkthroughs explain how they work.Read more
Postgraduate loans are a new and fast-moving addition to the UK funding landscape. Our blog features regular news stories and updates.Read more
Postgraduate loans aren't the only source of funding in the UK. Our guides cover other support, including international student funding.Read more
The UK's four postgraduate loan options have plenty in common, but there are some differences between the individual schemes.
Some concern obvious details such as residency criteria (you will normally need to be ordinarily resident in the country you apply for a loan from). Others concern more significant differences between loan amounts and eligible courses.
The following table compares the key features of postgraduate loans in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland:
|Level||Full Masters||Up to Masters||Full Masters||Up to Masters|
|Courses||Taught & Research||Taught & Research||Taught & Research||Taught|
|Length||Up to 4 years||Up to 3 years||Up to 4 years||Up to 4 years|
|*The maximum value of English postgraduate loans rose with inflation for 2017-18. It may rise again for students starting a Masters in 2018-19.|
|**Wales will increase the value of its postgraduate loans to £13,000 for 2018-19.|
|***Scotland offers two separate postgraduate loans for tuition fees and living costs. Their eligibility criteria differ slightly.|
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